Eric Howard

Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
Northeastern University

Eric was the Corporate & Outreach Manager for the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) at Northeastern University from January 2013 to February 2017.

One of his major projects was laying the foundation for a $12 million R&D and infrastructure initiative on smart sensors and advanced materials. The main sources of support were $3 million from the Mass Tech Collaborative, $3 million from a corporation, $2 million from a NU alumnus, and $2+ million from Northeastern and one other university. Eric also organized workshops, strategic planning sessions, and outreach to support commercialization of nanomanufacturing, printing, and sensor technologies.

During his 25-year career, Eric has managed initiatives focused on international science and technology innovation, science diplomacy and economic / business development. His experience includes work with non-profit organizations, government agencies and corporations, focusing on grants and fundraising, organizational development, program design, conference management and communications.

As an alumnus of the Fulbright Exchange Program, he is active in the global community of Fulbright scholars, working on opportunities for collaboration among alumni and being a catalyst for action among Fulbright scholars / alumni in business, government, academia and research. He was Executive Director of the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology (2005-2012) and remains involved in the community as a volunteer working on several initiatives.

Eric also has ten years of experience working on initiatives to advance the manufacturing sector. In addition to his work at Northeastern, he was Executive Director of a trade association for wood manufacturing companies in Maine and as administrative head of the national certification program for environmental professionals.

Eric has a B.A. with honors in Geology from Wesleyan University and a M.E.M. from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In 1989-90, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bonn, Germany. His EdD doctoral work on organizational leadership, addresses on internationalization and industry-academic collaboration.